NRC Issues Early Site Permit to Tennessee Valley Authority for SMRs at Clinch River Site

LCG, December 27, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on December 17 that the Commission has authorized the issuance of an Early Site Permit (ESP) for Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Clinch River site near Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ESP closes several site-related issues, including many environmental impacts, for small modular reactors (SMRs) at the site. The ESP is the first issued by the NRC for SMRs and will be valid for up to 20 years from date of issuance.

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NRC Issues Subsequent License Renewals for First Time to Nuclear Reactors in Florida

LCG, December 11, 2019--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff recently approved Florida Power & Light's (FPL's) application for an additional 20 years of operation for Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Units 3 and 4. This is the first time the NRC has issued renewed licenses authorizing reactor operation from 60 to 80 years. The subsequent (or second) license renewals (SLRs) for Turkey Point Unit 3 and Unit 4 now expire on July 19, 2052 and April 10, 2053, respectively.

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Lawmaker Asks Washington Governor to Okay Plant

LCG, Feb. 22, 2001A Washington state legislator has asked Gov. Gary Locke to reject the recommendation of the state's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council and approve a proposed 660 megawatt power plant that would be built in the town of Sumas, near the Canadian border.

Earlier this week, the Council voted against the plant, citing "environmental concerns." The Council also said it was afraid the plant's operators would sell the plant's output to the highest bidder and not reserve it for Washington state use.

Rep. Clyde Ballard, co-speaker of the Washington state House of Representatives, in a letter to the governor, called the recommendation a "bureaucratic bungle" and said the Council exaggerated possible environmental effects.

Ballard also said that where the power from the plant is sold is irrelevant. He pointed out that the big regional federal power producer, the Bonneville power Administration, is short 3,000 megawatts and the Sumas plant would make up more than a fifth of that insufficiency.

In his letter, Ballard also asked Locke to replace the members of the Council.

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